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Ministry: Councillors to be appointed by next Monday

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The NEC on Saturday announced the official results from recent municipal, provincial, town and district council elections. Heng Chivoan

Ministry: Councillors to be appointed by next Monday

The Ministry of Interior announced that the appointments of third mandate councillors from 25 provinces and cities will take place between Wednesday and Monday, a National Election Committee (NEC) official told The Post on Sunday.

The councillors appointments come after the National Election Committee (NEC) on Saturday announced the official results from recent municipal, provincial, town and district council elections, which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won by a landslide.

For Banteay Meanchey, Tbong Khmum and Kandal provinces, as well as Phnom Penh, it will take place on Wednesday, followed by Takeo, Kampot, Kampong Speu, Oddar Meanchey, Kampong Chhnang, Pailin, Battambang and Siem Reap provinces the next day.

In Preah Vihear, Kep, Ratanakkiri, Stung Treng and Preah Sihanouk provinces the appointments will take place on Friday, followed by Koh Kong, Pursat, Svay Rieng and Prey Veng provinces on Sunday.

The final appointments will take place in Kampong Thom, Kratie, Mondulkiri and Kampong Cham provinces on Monday.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea told The Post on Sunday that according to the law, councillors’ appointments must take place within 14 days of the announcement of the official election results.

On Saturday, the NEC announced that out of the total of 4,114 seats contested in the election, the CPP swept up 4,034, the Khmer National United Party got 38, and Funcipec 33.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan told The Post on Monday that he did not know yet what changes would be made regarding which party member would occupy each provincial and municipal council position. However, he said they would fulfil their duties in accordance with the law.

“It is their responsibility to perform [their] roles and duties stipulated in the laws on sub-national administration. The Ministry of Interior has given instructions already and each elected councillor must be responsible before the people and before the law as stipulated,” he stressed.